Goodes on bubble watch entering Dominion Energy Charity Classic
October 16, 2019
By Zephyr Melton, PGATOUR.COM
- October 16, 2019
- Mike Goodes will need a good week in Virginia to advance in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Heading into the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, Mike Goodes finds himself in a precarious position as the last man in the field. Last week, Goodes found himself on the right side of the bubble at No. 72 on the Regular Season Money List. This week, he will once again try to keep his bubble from bursting.
Goodes earned his place in the field following his T28 finish last week at the SAS Championship, the last event of the Regular Season prior to the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. His finish wrapped up a season in which he earned $133,136, just $323 ahead of No. 73 Sandy Lyle to sneak into the Playoffs.
The 62-year-old Goodes hasn’t had the success this season that he has enjoyed in previous years. He did not record a top-10 finish all season and carded one top-25, a season-best T18 at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. But now he finds himself in the Playoffs and knows that one good week is all it takes to redefine an otherwise lackluster 2019.
As the last man in the field, Goodes acknowledges his chances of jumping all the way up into the top 54 - and with it, advancing to the second leg of the Playoffs at the Invesco QQQ Championship - are not great. As he puts it, the odds are “staggering.”
“But who knows?” Goodes said. “It’s an opportunity. I’m in the tournament, so I do have a chance.”
Another benefit of this week for Goodes is he is playing relatively close to home with The Country Club of Virginia being just three hours from his home in Reidsville, North Carolina.
“I’m happy to be here in Richmond,” Goodes said. “It’s only three hours from my home. I’ve got a lot of friends up here. I know a lot of people. It’s kind of like a home away from home for me.”
A year ago, Goodes found himself on the other side of the bubble. He finished $154 short of the top 54 to narrowly miss out on guaranteed starts. Adding to the sting was the fact that he had to withdraw earlier in the season at the Hoag Classic after catching the flu. Even a last-place finish would have earned him enough money to vault into the top 54 by season’s end.
“I was trying to do the right thing, but it affected me in the wrong way,” Goodes said. “But, you know, that’s life.”
Joining Goodes on the bubble are former PGA TOUR mainstays John Daly and Jesper Parnevik. Daly enters the week at No. 53, a comfortable $36,346 ahead of falling outside the top 54 to advance. Parnevik enters the week on the outside looking in at No. 57, a distant $54,100 behind Stephen Leaney, who occupies 54th on the Money List. Parnevik will have some serious work to do this week in Richmond if he hopes to jump into the top 54 to move on to next week. Money is converted to points starting this week and players earn double points with each Playoff event.
While Goodes would surely prefer to be higher in the Schwab Cup standings as the Playoffs begin, he’s glad to have avoided these kinds of do-or-die moments for much of his PGA TOUR Champions career.
“I’d rather have it happen when I’m turning 62 than when I was turning 52,” Goodes said.
Goodes recalled back to conversations he used to have with close friend and former PGA TOUR Champions player Rod Spittle about their mindset around the opportunity to compete each week. Some of the tedious activities associated with being a professional golfer never bothered either of them because they were just thankful to be able to compete.
“We used to look at each other and say, ‘Just give me the tee time Friday. I’ll deal with the rest of this stuff,’” Goodes said.
And come Friday in Richmond, Goodes has a tee time, and with it, a chance to make something happen.